How we define addiction
Addiction is a psychological, compulsive behavior in which the individual constantly craves for something, including legal or illegal drugs, foods, gambling, sexuality (pornography), or other engagements without minding the consequences. A person becomes addictive to any substance or behavior so long as the mind with the brain becomes “neuro-chemically tolerant” (AACC, 2009). This means that the desire to have such things the individual craves for at anytime becomes more important to the individual than losing one’s job, dropping out of school, breaking-up one’s family, or going to jail as a result of one’s desire. Addiction becomes, to this individual, the order of the day as long as the brain tells the mind; and the mind continues to crave and focus on the addictive behavior. From this definition, we deduce that addiction is a mind issue, and must be conquered by the ability and good use of one’s mind.
Addiction is universal. It cuts across the globe. Addiction afflicts the poor and the rich, those born with silver spoons in their mouth, and those who are less privileged. It affects the educated and the uneducated, including the professionals (Wagman, 1994).
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American Association of Christian Counselors (2009). “The neurobiology of addiction.” Forest, VA: AACC, Inc.
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Wagman, R. J. (1994). The new complete medical and health encyclopedia, Vol. 3 (pp. 926-955). Chicago: J.G. Ferguson Publishing Co.
 
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